07 Apr '11, 12am

The Fukushima nuclear crisis ranks 'in between' those occurring at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island: UN expert

The Fukushima nuclear crisis ranks 'in between' those occurring at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island: UN expert

People walk in front of the 4th block of Chernobyl's nuclear power plant covered with a 'sarcophagus'. A UN expert says the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant ranked in-between those at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. -- PHOTO: AFP VIENNA - THE Japanese nuclear accident that has sparked worldwide radiation fears ranks 'in between' those that occurred at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, a UN expert said on Wednesday. Wolfgang Weiss, chairman of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, said it's far too early to even begin an assessment of the situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant because the crisis there is ongoing. But, he noted, while radioactivity from the 1979 Three Mile Island incident in the United States was largely contained, traces of fallout from Fukushima detected around the world are 'much, much, much lower' than traces see...

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